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Having owned the previous 4K release, I really wasn't impressed: the image looked as though it had been badly upscaled - turning the grain in the picture into distracting noise which arguably hid any additional detail that 4K should have brought rather than enhanced it. Then there was the dreadful, tinny 7.1 soundtrack which was so poorly mixed that it made centre channel audio (such as voices) inaudible in places... it made an otherwise great movie a thoroughly unenjoyable experience.
This release, on the other hand, has been done properly! The picture is sharp, but still includes grain that isn't distracting, and brings out details that you didn't notice before. The colours pop brightly, creating a stunning new visual pallet that is still faithful to the cinematic presentation, only enhanced. The new Atmos soundtrack has cleared up the centre channel and ditched the tinny distortions that haunted the previous release, bringing with it deep, meaty basses that really make action sequences enjoyable. Bravo!
This movie is one of my favourite movies of all time. The setting, characters, set and costume design, and soundtrack, it just all fit perfectly and really sucks you into that world.
The movie is fantastic and seeing in crisp 4K quality is a treat. It also sounds like they’ve done work with the audio, which added more to the immersion.
I have to say, though, I was expecting a bit more with the release, itself.
The original DVD’s I have had a separate disc for a bunch of special features and I was hoping we’d AT LEAST have those features, and praying maybe extras that they never released may have been added. Maybe even something like a little interview with Luc Besson or some cast/crew, that they usually do many years later, when they look back at the movie.
It’s literally just the movie on the disc and nothing else. Luckily I do still have my original DVD with all the features, but I was hoping after waiting so long for an official UK Blu-Ray release, that it would be a full package.
If you’re not bothered for behind the scenes features, or you still have your old copies of the movie with those features, then I would definitely recommend this. If you are someone like me who likes to watch behind the scenes features, then I would advise you order a different version which includes them and possibly get this version later, or if you can order both, even better!
This is probably a first for me. A 4K studiocanal edition with zero extras, none on the 4K disc, none on the Blu-ray. Not the kind of standard Studiocanal, or indeed most any other company has collectors accustomed to. I wonder why this was. Are people not willing to talk about this movie? Surely there must be bigger bombs in their past, and that's not even the point. These people couldn't bother to even include the trailer. I like my Blu-rays and 4K to include a decent extras package. It's part of the incentive to buy, coupled with the uptick in image and sound quality. This wasn't it.
I love Fith Element, I still remember getting it on VHS as a kid lol
We have a cinema room with 4k projector and 7.1 surround speakers inc Ceiling mounted Atmos.
Hands down this is the best Atmos film, theyve done brilliant job. Every explosion is multi tonal and not just a blast in your face to assault the ears. The music of the Diva sounds brilliant and the visulas are punchy
I am so glad we got this, they did an excellent job
Love this film. Had the dvd special edition before. Recently got new Oled TV and soundbar and wanted to test it out. No regrets with my purchase. Great film. Picture quality and sound is fantastic. Such a classic.
The last time I watched this 1997 mad-cap movie was indeed a good 20 years ago. A futuristic comedy starring Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas a taxi driver in the 23rd Century who gets accidentally involved in a race to save Earth when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) who has been created by scientists from the remains of 'The Fifth Element' drops in on his cab whilst trying to escape the science lab. An evil force headed by Zorg (Gary Oldman) (playing a baddie as is often the case) is trying to get his hands on the power of the four ancient stones used by ancient visitors down the centuries to protect Earth. Dallas has to help find the stones with the help of Leeloo and Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) who has a basic knowledge of the stones and their power, Can Earth be saved? A weird and wonderful movie that has many a larger than life and colourful character in the plot coupled with an array of outrageous costumes, along with plenty of good visual-effects. The 4k upgrade and sound quality are indeed first-class.
The transfer itself is spectacular, with an exceptionally high bit rate, complete with Dolby Vision. Audio is also fantastic. The only real letdown is the complete lack of special features, though what was included on previous releases wasn't exactly great. Still, considering the 4k film disc is apparently 100GB (if the information online is accurate), it's odd that it wasn't put on that disc at the very least, as it still would have left ample room for the film itself.
This is one of those classics that has aged really well. The bluray transfer brings out stunning colours, great sound and a deeply immersive watch. I'm not a techie so don't really know how they've done it all, but I can promise that the difference between DVD and Bluray is astonishing. Well worht every penny. Only critisism is that there are absolutely no extras whatsoever. Given the amount of material out there, you'd have thought even some basics would be included.